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Giveaway: Crochet Hooks from ZhuZhu’s World

You could win one of these hooks!
Size J crochet hook from ZhuZhu’s World

Ever since I got them, I’ve been hooked (pun very much intended) on my custom-made crochet hooks from ZhuZhu’s World.  I started using them for the granny square picot afghan I’m working on. They are unique. They are comfy. They are all around lovely.

Meet Julia, the mastermind behind these hooks. Julia hand-makes the coverings out of polymer clay so the crochet hooks are stylish and comfortable. She sands, waxes, and buffs the hooks to make them fit perfectly in your hands.  Suffering from fibromyalgia herself, Julia wanted to create hooks that were easy on the hands, yet delightful to the eyes. The hooks are especially good for people who have arthritis or experience pain when crocheting.

After telling her how much I enjoyed her handiwork, Julia agreed to host a giveaway!  Yay!  Now you can get your hands (literally) on some gorgeous, one-of-a-kind ZhuZhu hooks.   You can check out her full line of hooks here at ZhuZhu’s Etsy Shop.

Now it’s time for the giveaway!

Crochet hook from ZhuZhu's World
Crochet hook from ZhuZhu’s World

Giveaway Details

  • Prize: One custom crochet hook of your choice from ZhuZhu’s World (up to a $12value!)
  • One entry per person
  • Givewaway April 24 to May 31, 2013
  • A winner will be chosen May 31st

How to Enter

  1. Like ZhuZhu’s Facebook page:
  2. Fill out the form below to submit your entry
  3. Wait for May 31st to see if you’re a winner!

Crochet Hook Giveway from ZhuZhu's World

Complete the form below to be registered to win a custom crochet hook!

  • Do you blog or craft? We'd love to hear where! If not, no worries, just leave blank.
    To enter this giveaway, please "like" ZhuZhu's facebook page.

Size 8 (1.4mm) crochet hook from ZhuZhu's World
Size 8 (1.4mm) crochet hook from ZhuZhu’s World

Special thanks to Julia and ZhuZhu’s World for making these hooks and sponsoring this giveaway. xoxo

Crochet, Giveaways

Crochet Quiz: Test Your Knowledge & Win!

Harmony crochet hooks by Knitpix
Harmony crochet hooks by Knitpix
Harmony crochet hooks by Knitpix
Harmony crochet hooks by Knitpix

Would you consider yourself an expert crocheter?  If you know techniques, yarn plies, and needle sizes,  take this 20-question crochet quiz and find out how you compare to other crocheters.  The best part is there’s a prize for the crocheter with the highest score.


  • One entry per person
  • The person with the best score and lowest time will win
  • No cheating or Googling for answers!
  • Contest runs now through March 20th, 2013

PRIZE:  The crocheter with the top score will receive JJCrochet’s complete pattern collection – A total of 6 patterns for 5 hats and 1 shrug (a $30 value).


Test Your Crochet Knowledge

Think you’re an expert on all things crochet? Take this 20-question quiz to challenge your knowledge and see how much you know about the craft you love.


Leaderboard: Test Your Crochet Knowledge

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Think you knew your stuff?  Challenge your friends to take the quiz and see how they add up: Share on Twitter or Share on Facebook.

Free Patterns, Giveaways

The Crochet Challenge

Happy New Year!  So here’s the deal.  Let’s make a pact and together take “The Crochet Challenge”.  What, you may ask, is the crochet challenge?  Great question!

The Crochet Challenge

You have three options to choose from:

  1. For the beginner – Learn to crochet
  2. For the crocheter – Write your own crochet pattern OR complete 5 unfinished crochet projects
  3. For the serious crafter – Try 5 new patterns and give what you make as gifts OR crochet and donate 10 crocheted items to the charities of your choice

crochet -challenge

Are you up for it?  It won’t be easy, but what a great way to start out 2013!  To help you begin, here are some links:

Learn to Crochet

Writing a Crochet Pattern

New Crochet Patterns

Crochet Charities


If you’d like to take the 2013 Crochet Challenge and make it the year of crochet – Let’s go!  Make sure you spread the word and let others know about the CC.

I’ll be posting a follow-up entry in a few weeks and if you’ve completed the CC, you’ll have a chance to win fun crochet things – more free patterns, crochet supplies, finished crochet items, etc.  And if you’d like to submit what you’ve made as part of this challenge, you can have your photo featured!

Free Crochet Newsboy Hat
Free Crochet Newsboy Hat

Don’t forget to pass along: Click to share on Twitter or Click to share on Facebook.

Copy and past the code below to display the “I took the Crochet Challenge” badge on your blog:

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P.S. This post is to celebrate my 7 year Etsy-versary celebration!  Seven years ago on December 30, 2005, I opened JJCrochet’s Etsy store.  Every year, I like to celebrate the day by having a giveaway.  This year, I’m combining a free crochet pattern giveaway AND a New Year’s Crochet Resolution. Happy Etsy-versary to me and a very Happy New Year to you!  **Thanks to all who participated in this free crochet pattern giveaway!  Over 125 patterns were given away during a two week period.  Enjoy!!**

Crochet, Giveaways

Crochet Cowl: Free Giveaway

As promised on JJCrochet’s Facebook, it’s time for a holiday crochet giveaway!


  •  Sweepstakes runs for one day – Sunday, December 16, 2012 (12pm PST) Thanks for your entries – this giveaway has ended.  Congrats to Tina K. on winning a custom-crocheted scarf
  • The prize: this chunky crocheted scarf in the color of your choice – Glacier Blue, Cobalt, or Eggplant ($30 value!)
  • Enter by sharing on Twitter or Facebook – Details below
Crochet Cowl
Win this crochet cowl! In your choice of colors: Glacier Blue, Cobalt, or Eggplant

How to enter

  1. Share this post on Twitter  Click to share on Twitter and enter OR
  2. Share this post on Facebook  Click to share on Facebook and enter
  3. Fill out the form below to confirm your entry

Your color choices:

Choose your color
Winner, winner – Chicken dinner: Select the color for your crochet scarf

Free Crochet Cowl Giveaway

Once you've shared this post on Facebook or Twitter, please confirm your entry by filling out the form below. If you're the winner, you'll be contacted tomorrow. Thanks!

Crochet, Free Patterns, Giveaways, Projects

Free Crochet Pattern – Baby Headband for Girls

The first project made from my big crochet idea is this sweet little girl’s headband.  It’s very simple and a basic pattern for anyone to make for a newborn in their life.

Newborn Crochet Flower Headband

Maria responded to my request, “I’m so excited about this idea. I’m 8 and a half months pregnant, I’ve been looking for a simple and easy newborn dress pattern but if that’s too big maybe a nice headband with flower or flowers for spring? Thanks”

Instead of tackling a bigger project like a newborn’s dress, I instead designed a headband.  Maria, I’ll be mailing this out to you next week .  Congratulations on the upcoming birth of your daughter… I hope she enjoys her new headband!

Newborn Crochet Flower Headband


Size E crochet hook

45 yards Worsted Weight yarn.  I used Lionbrand Wool-Ease Worsted Weight in “Natural Heather” and some extra pink yarn.

Button for center of flower (optional)

Finished size

Headband measures 13 inches in diameter + stretch; 1.25 inches high

Crochet Headband Pattern for Newborn Girls

Fch 50.  Join with sl st to form ring.  (for instructions on how to work the “foundation chain” (fch), check out this post)

Round 2: ch 2 (counts as first sc + ch 1).  Skip next stitch. *sc, ch 1, skip next stitch*. Repeat around.  (25 scs, 24 ch-1 sts)

Rounds 3 – 5: ch 2, *sc in ch-1 space, ch 1*. Repeat around (25 scs, 24 ch-1 sts).

Fasten off, weave in ends.

Open Chain Flower

Ch 3, join with sl st to form ring.

Round 1: chain 9 (counts as first sc + ch 8). Ch 12, sc into ring. *Ch 8, sc, Ch 12* Repeat around until you have 5 loops/ petals (3, ch-8 loops, 2 ch-12 loops). Join to first sc with sl st.

Round 2: Working in back sc of previous round, sc. *ch 13, sc in next sc*. Repeat around until you have 5, ch-13 loops/ petals.

Fasten off, leaving a long tail of yarn to sew flower onto headband.

Sew flower onto left side of headband (button center optional).

Newborn Crochet Flower Headband


JJCrochet’s 6 Year Etsy Anniversary – Get a Free Crochet Pattern. Dec 30th Only!

In one hour, it will be December 30th.  To some, December 30th is an insignificant day between the bustle of Christmas and the excitement of New Years.  But true, die-hard JJCrochet fans have marked that day on their calendars because they know that December 30th, 2011 marks JJCrochet’s 6th Anniversary on Etsy. Woo-hoo!

Since last year, JJCrochet has sold 181 crochet patterns, crochet cowls, and crochet hats for a grand total of 816 sold items over the past 6 years.  I’ve been so blessed. Thank you to every one of my customers.  I’ve loved interacting with you, sharing little pieces of my crochet, and seeing your finished products.

To celebrate JJCrochet’s 6 year Etsy anniversary – you guessed it – I’m having another giveaway!

Crochet Hat Pattern - Jenny Lee

I was debating what would be better than giving away a free crochet pattern when I decided nothing would be better than that.  Everyone loves free crochet patterns!

For JJCrochet’s anniversary, I’m giving away free copies of the Jenny Lee Hat (pictured above).  It’s become one of my top selling patterns.

This free crochet pattern giveaway is good only on 12/30/11 so make sure you enter today.  (To those who will post in the comments months after today, I’m sorry, but this is a one day, celebratory deal, so catch it while you can!)

To receive your free pattern, all you have to do is share.  Here are the details:

  • Share the JJCrochet love on a social networking site of your choice!
  • Sharing includes: tweeting about your favorite project, sharing your favorite JJCrochet pattern on Facebook, or posting a link to one of JJCrochet’s crochet video tutorials.
  • There are easy “share” buttons at the end of every post so it’s easy-peasy to enter.  You can find JJCrochet on:
                   -Facebook ( – Click the “share button” on the most recent post.
                  – Twitter (@jaynagrassel)
                  – Youtube (
                  – Even Flickr (
  • Make sure to “tag” JJCrochet in your post/status/update/link so I know to enter you into the contest!
  • If you’re unsure of how to enter, contact Jayna and I’ll help you out. 🙂

Everyone who enters will get a free Jenny Lee crochet pattern e-mailed to them (so be sure to send me your e-mail). Once you’ve shared the love, fill out the form below so I know where to send your free pattern.

JJCrochet's 6 Year Anniversary Giveaway Entry Form

After you've "shared the JJCrochet love", fill out this form to receive your free copy of the Jenny Lee Hat pattern!

  • So I can send you your free pattern!
  • Post the link where you shared the JJCrochet love!

Happy 6 Years, Everyone!  Here’s to another six.

– Jayna



Black Friday JJCrochet Pattern Giveaway

If you’re on my site now – Friday night (11/25) at 8pm, you’re in luck!  As part of my participation in Black Friday, I’m going to be giving away a free pattern every hour for the next 4 hours, now through 12pm tonight.

To enter, all you have to do is follow JJCrochet on Twitter or leave a comment on this post.  I’ll randomly select 4 winners–one per hour– and e-mail you your free pattern.  It’s as simple as that.

Choose from JJCrochet’s entire pattern library here:

May the best Twitter-er win!

JJCrochet Black Friday Crochet Givewaway

Congrats to the winners!  Thank you everyone for participating – Enjoy your free patterns!

Crochet, Giveaways, Projects

Name This Crochet Hat Pattern – Get it for FREE

I spent the better part of today (read: 5 hours) writing a pattern for the ultimate crochet beanie and testing it in each size.  If you’re a crochet designer you can relate.

You try something, it doesn’t work.

You rip it out and try again.

And again.

And one more time until you’ve gotten it perfect.

That’s what I finally have in this pattern: PERFECTION.  I’ve written 2-3 drafts of this type of hat, but it never turned out quite right.  The hats were fine, they just weren’t exactly what I wanted.

Enter in this baby, the *insert cool name here*.  It’s a basic beanie pattern in 4 different sizes – baby, child, women’s, and men’s.  You use a size H crochet hook (basic) and any worsted weight yarn (basic).  I wanted to create a (basic) pattern that would be a crochet’s “go-to” hat pattern.

So here it is:

What would you name this hat pattern?

Now here comes the fun part:  I’ll be releasing the pattern on 11/1.  Remember “insert cool name here”?  That’s where I need your help!

Submit your name for this pattern on JJCrochet’s Facebook page here:  Get the most “likes” for your name and win a FREE copy of the _________ pattern.



24 Hour Crochet Give Away

I’m trying to get an early start on CSS 2011 (Craft Show Season).  This means I’ve been crocheting hats like mad and evaluating finished projects.

This is where you come in, dear blog reader.

I am hosting a 24-hour, no rules Crochet Giveaway!  Woo!

While there aren’t any rules for this freebie giveaway, here’s what you do:

1. Browse the pictures below of crochet and knitted goodies.

2.  If you like something comment below and say what catches your eye.  Could be one or two things – could be it all!  If you like it, claim it.

3.  If you’re selected (ie. win my favor), I’ll send you your items for free.

4.  Celebrate and enjoy your crocheted treasures!

Simple, right?

Contest begins NOW and will end 7/29/11 at 12:00pm EST.

Have fun!

1. Dark Purple & Ribbon Headband
2. Lilac & White Headband
3. Crochet Green, Gray, Black, & White Flower Pin
4. Brown & Wool Headband
5. Black & White Houndstooth Scarf with Fringe
6. Pink & Purple Tie Headband with Bird Applique
8. Black & Pink Fuzzy Scarf
10. Black, Gray, or Cream Knitted Purse Shells. Line and Attach handles to make a cute purse!


Crochet, Giveaways

The Jenny Lee – New Crochet Hat Pattern

My mom periodically (no pun intended) gives me pictures of crocheted items from magazines, “Just for inspiration,” she claims.  This time, she was onto something.  That something became the basis for JJCrochet’s newest hat pattern: the Jenny Lee.

Crochet Hat Pattern
Crochet Hat Pattern

The magazine clipping my mom gave me was a Macy’s ad that featured this crocheted hat by Fossil:  Cute, right?  I liked the hat’s textured detail, button, and flower – what’s not to like?

Over Christmas break, I decided to experiment.  I got out the crochet hook and after much squinting at the tiny magazine pic, I came up with the perfect pattern.  And I’m not just saying that because I wrote it.  It’s quite addicting.  The mathematical element works out evenly which causes the hat to fit perfectly.  I especially like this crocheted hat because it doesn’t look like your typical double crochet; the puff stitch adds something a little special, don’t you think?

I named this Jenny Lee crochet hat pattern after one of my current college roommates who is sweet and subtle and everything fashionable, just like this hat.

You can purchase this PDF crochet hat pattern for $5 in my Etsy Store or instantly download it from Ravelry.  As a special intro, I’m giving away two copies of the crochet pattern via random drawing (woo woo!). To enter the Jenny Lee crochet hat pattern giveaway, leave a comment on this post and let me know what you think about this new pattern. On January 24th, I’ll randomly select two winners.  Happy Free Pattern Giveaway!


Five Year Etsy Anniversary – Free Pattern Giveaway

Ah I almost missed it – the 5th Anniversary of my Etsy shop!

I was reading someone’s blog post about an Etsy-versary when I remembered mine was sometime towards the end of December.  I looked and ah – it was today!  It IS today! How could I have almost let this day pass uncelebrated?!
JJCrochet first opened shop on December 30, 2005 and has sold 635 crochet patterns, knit hats, chunky cowls, thick scarves, and summer headbands.  Wow.  I couldn’t have done it without you, my wonderful customers. THANK YOU, THANK YOU!  You’ve made these past 5 years wonderful.

To honor my Etsy-versary, I’m giving away FREE copies of my most popular crochet pattern: The most versatile crochet newsboy hat pattern! To get your free copy of the pattern that’s been purchased over 500 times, simply leave your name and e-mail in a comment and I’ll shoot you over the PDF.  Since there are only 4 hours left of December 30, 2010 here in Pennsylvania, I’m extending this free giveaway until midnight on December 31, 2010, EST.

Here’s a picture of the crochet newsboy hat pattern that will soon be yours!

Thank you for celebrating with me and thank you Etsy – here’s to another great 5 years!  Leave a comment to receive your free pattern.

Update: Thanks to all who commented – enjoy your free patterns!  

The giveaway is now closed.


Free Crochet Giveaway WINNERS!

Thanks to everyone who participated in JJCrochet’s Summer Giveaway from July 28 – August 4th!  It was our first giveaway, but hopefully not our last.

Congratulations to the following winners:

1. Coral Headband with Buttons: Chelsea Hosler
2. Teal Bamboo Flower Headband: Stephen Johnson
3.  Open Coral Beret: Kjersten Whiting

Winners were selected using a random number generator.

1. Coral Headband
2. Teal Bamboo Headband
3. Coral Summer Beret